Failed to release funds

11/05/2018

State Government is fuming as Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has failed to release funds for 13 small hydel projects under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) even after preparation of Detailed Project and Pre-Feasibility Reports by Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency. Enhancement of its mandate from 2 Mega Watts to 10 Mega Watts under Policy for Development of Micro/Mini Hydro Power Projects, Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) proposed 13 small hydel projects with a cumulative capacity of 112 Mega Watts under Prime Minister’s Development Package for implementation through Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode. Thereafter, the information vis-à-vis these 13 projects was shared with the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, which even asked for preparation of Detailed Project Reports and Pre-Feasibility Reports. Accordingly, Detailed Project Reports in respect of eight projects were prepared and finalized by JAKEDA while as for the remaining five projects the Pre-Feasibility Reports and Detailed Project Reports are under preparation. However, when the State Government through JAKEDA approached the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for release of funds, the latter expressed inability to provide financial assistance.
The New and Renewable Energy Ministry has categorically told the State Government that funds would be released for these 13 projects only when it (Ministry) gets budget for the purpose from the Union Ministry of Finance and due to this J&K is in peculiar situation as in respect of some projects even tenders have also been allotted but start of work is getting delayed for want of funds.
These 13 projects are 8 MW Small Hydel Project at Hanswar in Kishtwar, 4.5 MW Mawar-I in Kupwara, 10 MW Gagrian in Poonch, 10 MW Bhut Nullah in Kishtwar, 10 MW Shranz in Baramulla, 10 MW Kehmil in Kupwara, 10 MW Mawar-II in Kupwara, 10 MW Naigarh Kishtwar, 10 MW Dringla in Karnah, 7 MW Nehama in Kulgam, 6 MW Gulabgarh in Reasi, 7 MW Aapan Nallah in Kishtwar and 10 MW Achoora in Gurez.
The confusion is prevailing over release of funds for these projects even after the Science and Technology Minister of the State formally approached the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in the recent past and a team of Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency is presently camping in Union Capital for deliberations with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Expressing inability to specific time-frame for start of work on at least those projects whose tenders have also been allotted and everything depends on resolution of issue relating to release of funds between Department of Expenditure of Union Finance Ministry and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The MNRE Ministry should have approached Union Finance Ministry well in time especially when information about these 13 projects was provided to it. Had this been done the prevailing situation could have been easily avoided and it is a matter of serious concern for the State that Union Ministry is soft-paddling on release of funds for those projects which have been proposed under Prime Minister’s Development Package”.

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